I took last month off from posting about the Fox lineup in order to take some time to understand the changes going on with the channel. The afternoon and evening hours are now branded "FXM," and those movies include some commercials.
During the morning hours, the station is still called "Fox Movie Channel" and shows commercial-free classics; however, there are fewer "older" films in the lineup, particularly on some weekends. The older movies aren't repeated as frequently as in the past, but they are still drawn from a fairly small pool of titles.
Here are a few interesting movies worth seeking out on Fox Movie Channel this month:
...Early Friday, February 3rd, Alice Faye stars in GEORGE WHITE'S 1935 SCANDALS (1935). Look for a young Eleanor Powell as well, before she was snatched up by MGM.
...ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942) returns on February 4th. This very entertaining movie stars George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Cesar Romero, Lynn Bari, and Glenn Miller. "At Last" is one of my favorite movie scenes of the '40s.
...15 years before DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954), Ray Milland and Robert Cummings costarred in EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT NIGHT (1939), vying for leading lady Sonja Henie. It airs February 6th.
...Don't miss KISS OF DEATH (1947), the outstanding film noir I reviewed just a few days ago, showing on February 7th. It stars Victor Mature, Coleen Gray, and Richard Widmark, in his Oscar-nominated film debut.
...Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe star in RIVER OF NO RETURN (1954) on February 13th.
...A really interesting title on February 18th is MUSIC IS MAGIC (1935) starring Alice Faye and Bebe Daniels. My DVR will be running!
...Later on the 18th, DAY-TIME WIFE (1939) stars Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell. The plot isn't much but I like this one anyway, starring two of the most beautiful people ever in the movies.
...DOWN TO EARTH (1932) stars Will Rogers, Dorothy Jordan, and Irene Rich. It airs February 20th.
...Three years ago this month I was charmed by I'LL GET BY (1951), a sprightly feel-good musical starring William Lundigan, June Haver, Gloria DeHaven, and Dennis Day. It's packed with music, a real little gem for fans of musicals. Harry James and Dan Dailey are among the film's guest stars. It's on February 21st.
...On February 23rd Raoul Walsh's THE BOWERY (1933) will be shown. It stars Wallace Beery, George Raft, Fay Wray, and Jackie Cooper.
...Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, and Eleanor Parker star in MADISON AVENUE (1962) on February 24th.
...There are two Lloyd Nolan Michael Shayne films on February 27th: BLUE, WHITE AND PERFECT (1941) and DRESSED TO KILL (1941).
...Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Dorothy Lamour star in CHAD HANNA (1940) on February 28th.
...February 29th Lloyd Nolan stars as Michael Shayne in JUST OFF BROADWAY (1942). This is one of two Nolan/Shayne films not out on DVD; the first five films in the series, including the movies showing on the 27th, are available.
The complete Fox Movie Channel schedule can be found here.